Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Summary:Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.
And he smiled at her, truly smiled- wicked and lovely…
Wicked Lovely has its fair share of flaws, but, despite everything, it still manages to be an entertaining read.
17-year-old Aislinn (“Ash”) has a secret: she can see faeries. When the faery find out about her ability, Ash is drawn into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen. Struggling with the destiny, Ash must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to keep the people she loves safe.
The plot isn’t anything especially new or original. It’s nothing different from the hundreds of other YA faery books – Iron King comes to mind immediately – and I just wish there was something to differentiate it all the other faery novels on the market.
Unfortunately, I found the characters of the story all rather bland. There is nothing that stands out about them or makes them especially memorable, and I just wish they were all developed further. Because they were all so bland, I never truly felt emotionally invested in the story because I simply didn’t care enough about the characters.
Furthermore, the romance is rather bland and irritating. There is a love square, and none of the relationships had the chemistry or depth I wished they did. It’s unfortunate, because there was so much potential for a strong romance here.
Despite the lack of originality, the bland characters, and the irritating romance, the story still somehow manages to be engaging and entertaining. Go figure.